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Photo 1: "Parthenon of Books" by Marta Minujín, Photo 2: OHATA Shintaro, "Flightless Wings," 2017, Mixed media, 130.3 x 194 x 60 cm Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery, Photo 3: Stephan Balleux, "Sleepwalker," 98.4 x 78.4 inches (250 x 200 cm) Courtesy of Patrick Painter, Photo 4: Dosshaus at Corey Helford Gallery, and "Hurt Colors" by Nancy Baker Cahill

The LA Art Show!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photos Courtesy of LA Art Show

The LA Art Show, the West Coast’s largest art fair, opens this month with a remarkable exhibition of artworks, special displays, unique collections, and dramatic performances representing diverse collections from the world’s most celebrated artists and more than 120 top galleries from 18 countries.

Now in its 24th year, the 2019 edition focuses on works from Latin America and Pacific Rim. Every year, the show continues to amaze audiences with its distinct interwoven multi-cultural and multi-media exhibits; innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for attendees.

The opening night preview and premiere party – always with a surprise guest host (last year was Jon Hamm) – is January 23rd and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests will enjoy viewing the artwork in a celebratory environment with delicious food by over 25 top local restaurants and a variety of drinks sponsored by 1849 Wine, Angel City Brewery, Bozal Mezcal, Pasote Tequila, Tito’s Vodka, and Uncle Val’s Gin!

Celebrating Los Angeles’ as a unique multi-cultural epicenter for the art world, DIVERSEartLA curated by Marisa Caichiolo, returns for a third year. This 50,000 square feet of space donated by the LA Art Show is dedicated to diverse, often international institutions and artists from around the Pacific Rim and beyond connecting them with the LA audience. Enjoy programming from LACMA, MOOLA, Art Share LA, and more. A standout from CCK-Buenos Aires is Marta Minujín, one of the world’s greatest pop artists with her celebrated words: The Parthenon of Books and Rayuelarte.

Virtual Reality, one of the most eagerly discussed topics in contemporary culture, will be represented with Virtual Futures: XR Showcase offering four VR experiences and presented by LACMA in conjunction with their 3D: Double Vision exhibit.  Audiences will discover the potential of being involved in the very act of creation of an artist’s vision.

Another fan favorite, Scott Hove, returns with “The Best Days of Your Life, An Atlas,” a museum-scale wall installation, presented by Art All Ways.  Known for his cake-themed mirror infinity chamber, Scott now uses 36 gallons of acrylic “frosting” to create a compelling illusion of personalized memory and fantasy narrative.

Rarely seen on this scale outside of Asia are the Pan-Asian ink paintings by artists from South Korea, Japan and China.  Ink Paintings originated in East Asia using carbon-based black ink and calligraphic brush painting techniques. The Roots space allows galleries to showcase historical works juxtaposed with the contemporary artists who follow those traditions.  For those seeking art works not on traditional canvas, look for Works on Paper a dedicated area for photographs and other unusual mediums.

A key element of the show is education and exploration offered in Dialogs LA, an ongoing slate of talks and panel discussions on trends and issues affecting the contemporary art world led by esteemed international curators, artists, designers, collectors and art influencers.

For a change of pace, you will want to explore Luxury pbsg, a dedicated space specializing in luxury items including jewelry and other accessories that surround the world of fine art. Though the LA Art Show is on a grand scale, there is such much to explore and enjoy that everyone finds something very personal and intimate to enjoy and relish.

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